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Brighten The Corners [Original recording reissued]

PavementAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000JHAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,793 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, Lousy Mastering December 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I don't know why other reviewers think this sounds good, there is clipping, distortion, and hyper compression. In short, there are all the tell tale signs of loud mastering (see "loudness war" at wikipedia). For those that don't know, most pop rock offerings today try to be as loud as possible so that they will not be out volumed during ipod shuffle play. They do this by making the average volume approach peak volume. This means whispers become as loud as shouts. The end result is degraded sound quality and if you listen to the 1997 version alongside this one on a decent stereo or decent set of headphones, matching the volume levels, you will notice the difference. The new one lacks punch, has poor sounding cymbal crashes, no dynamics, and intermittent distortion. Overall, a poor job of mastering, but it's a good 40% louder than the 1997 version. So if you're thinking of buying this because you want the best sounding version of BTC, don't.

However, there are quite a few extras that are worth listening too, especially if you were lucky enough to score the edition that came with the live LP. I received two discs and one LP for 19.99, great deal. And if you are a long term fan this set is really something you should pick up. The booklet is 60+ pages and contains a few written pieces and lots of great pictures. The quality of the printing and paper isn't up to the previous standards of the last three sets, but compared to what one usually gets with remasters, it's great. The bonus material includes alternate mixes and versions, bbc live in studio material, b-sides, compilation tracks, and outtakes. The extra material is not as strong as say the Slanted & Enchanted luxe & redux stuff, but it is still worth while.

So five stars for the set and 1.5 stars for the mastering = 3.25 overall.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness December 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you are a big Pavement fan, you should definately pick up this one. The price is good, the extras plentiful and the remastered sound excellent. If you are new to Pavement and don't own it yet, then buy this expanded edition immediately! The original album has aged very well. From the opener Stereo to closer Fin, it may be their most consistent effort, though not necessarily their most brilliant. It is sort of like a refined version of Wowee Zowee with the most difficult and sloppy parts removed, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. Either way, I love it for the quality of the melodies, the guitar parts, and the hilarious non-sensical lyrics. The extra songs on this expanded version are hit and miss as is to be expected, but they put this album in its proper context and actually improve the overall impact of the album. I'm not a Pavement B-sides collector so I'd never heard the extra tunes before - taken as a whole the extra songs seem more light-hearted and upbeat than the somewhat deliberate and mellow songs on the original album. There are many good ones here, including Roll With the Wind, And then (the Hexx), Slowly Typed (coutryfied version), No Tan Lines, and the Killing Moon, among others. In short, Brighten the Corners: Nicene Creedence Edition is an example of how delux reissues should be done.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to conquer suburbia November 16, 2004
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
I tend to think of both "Crooked Rain" and this disc as "suburban," but in opposite ways. "Crooked Rain" is largely about growing up in a suburb, feeling out-of-place amongst the daily scramble, and ultimately finding shelter in some kind of escape (although "Fillmore Jive" shows that rock n roll isn't necessarily the answer either). This one seems to be about returning to the suburbs as an adult, and coming to terms with it even if it isn't ideal. There are interesting cultural references in these songs which make it clear what Malkmus had on his mind or was observing at this time- see song titles like "Date with Ikea" (trendy budget furniture) and "Passat Dream" (trendy budget car).

I find myself reaching for this one first when I delve into my Pavement collection. It's subdued and textured, much less raw than the earlier work, and the songs all meld together into what feels like a story. It's about shady lanes and all that, but it's definitely not McCartney's first solo disc (famed for its feeling of "domestic bliss"). Malkmus is still critical of his surroundings, he's just found a way to come to terms with them. A very unique record and, like all of Pavement's work, necessary for a real understanding of 1990s rock n roll.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i don't care what anyone says- it rocks! May 9, 2001
By "amelt"
Format:Audio CD
what can i say- i love pavement. suffice to say, i didn't really get into them until this album. there is not a bad song to its name, and i find myself singing malkmus' cryptic lyrics from this album more than from any of his others. and if you at least don't find a special place in your heart for "shady lane"- well, then, you're even too cynical for me. stephen malkmus continues to be one of my absolute favorites- even sans pavement with his solo career. he's a genius in the best possible way, and lets you feel like you're in on the joke, too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the stereo! July 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Brighten the Corners" remains Pavement's most settled, accessable rock record, but the band doesn't eschew their musical sound or their indie roots. Rather, they just polish up the howly vocals and multilayered musical arrangements, and the result is pretty mellow and pleasant.

It starts off with the intermittently bombastic "Stereo," before shifting to the mellower "Shady Lane" and uplifted sound of "Transport is Arranged." A more raw sound enters with the fun rockers "Date with IKEA" and lighthearted "Embassy Road," while a plaintive confusion arrives with "Old to Begin." The remaining songs harken back to their indie roots, with the monotone jazziness of "Blue Hawaiian" and the weirdness of "We Are Underused" and "Passat Dream." It ends on a pretty strong note with the vaguely ominous "Fin," in which Malkmus requests, "I trust you will tell me/if I am making a fool of myself..."

"Brighten the Corners" serves to connect the lo-fi scratchiness of their early work to a more polished sound. Sure, there are some cries of "sell-out." But Pavement's sound transfers to the smooth studio sound without losing its complexity or raw magic.

The guitar riffs are as good as ever, starting and stopping one moment, and whirling around Malkmus's vocals the next; the percussion is a solid backdrop. There are also some coy beepy-bleepy snatches of mellotron, as well as what sounds like a wavery flute, giving a feeling of vague vulnerability to the lost-soul-type songs.

Malkmus will never sing in the opera, but his soulful monotone is wonderfully well-suited to the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
I have loved the album for a while so I decided to buy the vinyl. It came quickly and plays just fine. If you like pavement and vinyl then buy it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matt T
5.0 out of 5 stars Put this on my turntable and...
Pavement. My personal favorite band!
Every album I listen to of theirs is an experience, each one with songs that instantly bring out so many emotions of mine. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Vinyl Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't trash Wowee Zowee!
I take issue with the editorial review. I love Pavement, and I love every one of their records in a different way. They're all pretty much awesome. Read more
Published on June 8, 2010 by Wes J. Garber
5.0 out of 5 stars Best pavement CD
A great CD set, wished I would have bought it years ago. Lot's of extra tracks on this 2 CD set.
Published on April 28, 2010 by John O. Fazenbaker IV
5.0 out of 5 stars there's a 6th pavement album in here!
I like the original quite a bit, but it has a certain darkened mood to it, dominated by transport is arranged, type slowly, and fin, that could be offputting if you never wanted... Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by Kevin J. Zahnle
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, creative song structures from a great, great band
Brighten The Corners is typical of most Pavement releases in its sound - as with The Pixies, Yo La Tengo or Elliott Smith, the quietest, most tranquil phrases are often buttressed... Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by A. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Pavement, what do you expect?
First off, let it be known that I have been a fan of Pavement since their first album. I have seen them numerous times on tour during the nineties. Read more
Published on July 9, 2009 by Greg Kinne
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Edition To The Pavement Collection
i replaced my original cd and all the cd singles with this double cd. any Pavement fan will not be disappointed with this. Read more
Published on May 3, 2009 by Mutronium
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reissue of 2008
Every two years since 2002 Matador Records has cashed in on what has become their flagship band, 90s indie-rock outfit Pavement, by reissuing a cleaned up and expanded version one... Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by Gregory William Locke
1.0 out of 5 stars too bad
Pavement's genre might be described as punk or "angry white boy". The lyrics are rather intriguing when read but Stephen Malkmus' vocal range of two notes (both of which strain... Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Linda J. Hixon
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